Director Global Facilities Management

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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Leadership.Global.General – 3D City – Test It

At UL, we know why we come to work.

Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. UL stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!


What you’ll learn & achieve:

Reporting to the Head of Global Real Estate, the Director Global Facilities Manager will oversee, plan, and implement facility management practices across UL Solutions’ 150+ locations in 35+ countries across a variety of property types including labs and offices. You will develop, gain alignment, and implement various project initiatives for our Global Footprint to improve safety, cost efficiency and employee experiences. The position will oversee local and regional facilities managers, ensure compliance with all company policies, monitor contractor performance, and negotiate maintenance agreements with contractors through Strategic Sourcing.


This leadership position is responsible for the physical maintenance of buildings, properties and building systems through direct oversight and through dotted line influence in our matrix organization. This includes preparing facilities budgets, controlling capital spend and maintenance expenses within budget and maximizing equipment lifecycles through proper maintenance procedures.  Additionally, you will work closely with Regional and Lab Operations and Site Leaders to identify opportunities to clarify roles and responsibilities and improve consistency in standards and execution in the company’s footprint. Through these relationships, develop an understanding of plans at each facility, how the facilities will support these plans, and then synthesize these findings into a course of action. You will act as both tenant and landlord, fulfilling each responsibility/obligation.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist in creation of facility minimum standards, workplace of the future and phased implementation of these standards by site prioritization
  • Evaluate, recommend, and implement software solutions for Hybrid working across portfolio
  • Oversee rebranding across UL Solutions’ entire portfolio
  • Develop and maintain the Facilities budgets for capital and expense categories routinely and identify the trends where there are opportunities to reduce expenses.
  • Facility Maintenance Plans, Improve Safety / Reduce Risk by Development of clarity between COUs, Lab Ops and Facilities on what is being maintained by whom in each site.
  • Global Facilities Partnerships as required / Facilities Vendor Selection to reduce risk of uninsured technicians in UL buildings for example
  • Global Facilities Operating Budget prep and tracking (in coordination with Real Estate Analyst)
  • Facilities Metrics / KPIs reporting (work orders, maintenance schedules) – oversight and reporting of all existing facility related maintenance projects.
  • Partner with UL Solutions’ sustainability team to develop and implement solutions for the company to achieve its Science Based Target Initiative goals.
  • Communicate and provide input on utility spend and budgeting and alternate strategies
  • Dotted line responsibility over network of newly identified “Local Facilities Leads”
  • Manage, train, and develop the Facilities Management Team to meet all company objectives.
  • Develop a strategic 3, 5 and 10 year capital plan to improve conditions and maintain facilities equipment and properties.
  • Performing other duties as assigned




What makes you a great fit:

  • Bachelor’s degree in real estate, finance, architecture/engineering/building construction or related field.  Advanced degree and members of relevant professional institutes a plus.
  • 10+ years of corporate/commercial real estate experience with diversified corporate portfolio(s). International experience a plus
  • Strong financial acumen and track record in developing and maintaining budgets
  • Extensive knowledge of principles, policies and practices relating to facilities management, understanding differences in standards and culture across geographies and cultures
  • Knowledge of contract law and insurance and risk mgmt.
  • Commercial/industrial facility negotiation experience (outsourced vendor selection and management, solid track record of reducing company expenses and managing, managing a network of various vendors)
  • Ability to build relationships with regional management, leaders and stakeholders, collaborate with other corporate functions (IT, HR, Finance, Legal, EHS, Security, etc.)
  • Ability to influence expectations and mitigate conflicts
  • Understanding and capabilities in identifying and managing project and safety risks
  • Willingness to challenge status quo, innovate and introduce new ideas
  • UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.


What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 125 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.
  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.
  • Total Rewards: All employees at UL are eligible for bonus compensation. UL offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that UL contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

Learn More:

Working at UL is an exciting journey that twists and turns daily. We thrive in the twists and revel in the turns. This is our every day. This is our normal.


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